Domaine Balland-Chapuis Chêne Marchand
£38.00 (inc VAT)
Rich & powerful with concentrated ripe fruit. Made by less than 1 hectare.
Coteaux du Giennois is the rising Loire superstar. Keep an eye on this one. Prices for Sancerre and Pouilly-Fum̩ are predicted to rise rapidly due to demand, but this area remains relatively unknown and therefore incredible value for money. The Coteaux du Giennois Sauvignon vineyards are situated in the commune of Bonny sur Loire, and are planted on terraces of clay-and silica soils overlooking the Loire. The vines are an average of 15 years old.
Three appellations in the Loire valley, growing three varietals, run by two dudes named Philippe: vineyard manager Philippe Bonnard and winemaker Philippe Reculet. Together they hand-pick the grapes (it's possible they get some help with this part) and manage the winemaking process with staggering attention to detail. Sancerre is famous for Sauvignon, and there's a vineroots Pinot Noir revolution a-brewing there too. The Philippes are right in the mix with both.